A contributor to magazines on scientific subjects turns out a fine character study here, complete in its insight into the times and the new scientific discoveries then being made. In well paced, often sparkling dialogue, we meet Faraday first as a youngster apprenticed to a London bookbinder whose trade he almost followed. The breaking point came at 21 when after repreated struggles with his conscience and attempts to see the famous Humphrey Davy, Faraday was at last appointed lab assistant by him. With his first work in the halogens, Faraday went on to develop his own pet theory- that of harnessing electricity to make power and succeeded with the dynamo. Absorbing all the way, this is must reading for any youngster with a scientific bent.